An Introduction to Edinburgh
Edinburgh makes a great first impression – then gets better. Its spectacular skyline of castle and crag, classical columns and spires is the backdrop to a cultural programme that lasts all year. Edinburgh is simply one of Europe’s great capitals.
Edinburgh is definitely a city to stroll around. Edinburgh Castle, prominent in so many city views, is on everyone’s list. The Royal Mile comes next, the spine of Old Edinburgh, this historic street links the castle with the Palace of Holyrood House. Nearby Victoria Street leads down to the Grassmarket, from where the full height of the castle can be appreciated.
The atmosphere of the other Edinburgh – the elegant 18th century New Town- can be sampled from Charlotte Square, but further explored by heading north and downhill into the residential streets with their distinctive cobbles, private gardens and symmetrical facades.
Back in the city centre, the shopping choice is wide, the entertainment and nightlife by way of pubs and restaurants sophisticated and varied – try the George Street, Rose Street area – a good antidote if you’ve gone into ‘cultural overload’.
Leith, Edinburgh’s port, with its river frontage and old warehouses, has a quite different character and a great selection of excellent restaurants.